• Photo: Rob/Flickr
    By Igor Kovač
    05.07.2017 /
    Petitions and referendums against Olympic bids show that the Olympic Games are no longer perceived as indisputably beneficial as they are presented to the public as being. Through a look at the city development plans for the Rio 2004 and 2016 bids, Igor Kováč points to some of the reasons why.
  • Photo: justinshanks/Flickr
    28.06.2017 /
    FIFA has decided to publish the so-called ‘Garcia report’ investigating the circumstances surrounding the bidding for the FIFA world Cups 2018 and 2022.
  • Photo: Colourbox
    01.02.2017 /
    The Swedish Olympic Committee initially wanted to host the 2022 winter Games, but the city said no. Now, the tune has changed. A majority in the municipality of Stockholm wants to proceed with a bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026.
  • Photo: Tony Evans/Flickr
    27.01.2017 /
    While the Budapest City Assembly approved the city’s bid for the Olympics in 2024, a youth organisation has initiated an anti-Olympics campaign and is advocating for a referendum to decide whether to go forward with the bid or not.
  • 10.01.2017 /
    Los Angeles is the latest bidding city to project large economic benefits from hosting an Olympic Games. However, a number of Olympic legacy studies suggest less certain outcomes.
  • Photo: COLOURBOX
    07.11.2016 /
    Certain economic and socio-political tendencies are determinant factors when countries bid for an Olympic Games, says a statistical study showing that long-term economic growth, long-term history of autocracy or prioritising of health are among the decisive factors.
  • Photo: Visit Melbourne
    By Igor Kovač
    18.12.2015 /
    Choosing permanent Olympic host cities, one on each continent, could help the IOC secure cheaper and more sustainable events while living up to their own Olympic values, argues Igor Kovač in this commentary piece.
  • Photo: Claire Griffiths/Flickr
    30.11.2015 /
    Hamburg drops its planned bid for the 2024 Olympics after a majority of its citizens voted no in a public referendum.

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